Deutsche Bank believes a creative environment invigorates people, encourages innovative thinking, and contributes to community building.

Every year, the Bank partners with premier arts, music and cultural institutions to bring their performances and exhibitions to a broader audience. These sponsorships serve as social capital for improving life in our cities.

Mark Bradford

November 19, 2010 - March 13, 2011


Scorched Earth, 2006
Billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylicgel medium, carbon paper, acyrlic paint, bleach, and additional mixed media on canvas 941/2 x 118 inches
Collection of Dennis and Debra Scholl

Deutsche Bank is delighted to sponsor the first museum survey of works by Mark Bradford (b. 1961), one of the most interesting and significant mid-career artists working today. "Mark Bradford," (November 19, 2010 through March 13, 2011) will be presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), an exhibition venue that has positioned itself at the leading edge for multi-disciplinary arts in Boston for over 70 years and which recently located to its spectacular home overlooking Boston Harbor. The exhibition features over 35 works spanning the past decade while exploring various mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, and video. The 49 year old Bradford is best known for his monumentally scaled, collage-layered paintings that express the energy and poetry of life in the city - particularly Los Angeles - where the artist lives and works. A recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Award (known as the "genius grant"), Bradford uses found materials—peeling movie posters, homemade flyers, salvaged plywood, even the endpapers used to perm black hair—to create his vibrant, textured compositions. Pop culture, identity politics, the history of collage, mapping, and abstract painting, are just a few of his influences. The exhibition runs through March 13, 2011 at the ICA Boston.

Bosco Sodi: Pangea
  October 28th, 2010 - January 2, 2011 Bronx Museum of the Arts    

Bosco Sodi, Pangaea, 2010

Mixed media on canvas

Deutsche Bank's PWM is sponsoring a new exhibition at the Bronx Museum by Bosco Sodi entitled: "Pangaea." Pangaea, from the Greek pan (entire) and Gaia (Earth), refers to a super continent that existed about 250 million years ago before Earth was separated into its current configuration of different continents. Born in Mexico City in 1970, Sodi lived in Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin before arriving in New York, and maintains studios in Berlin, Barcelona, Mexico and New York. Sodi creates works that explore the areas where nature and humans merge and that seek the beauty behind destruction. His pieces impart a heightened sense of spirituality through materiality, while at the same time transcending material properties. As materials available vary among locations, each of his paintings is uniquely linked to the place in which it is created; "Pangaea" was painted in the artist's New York studio.

Metropolitan Opera Opening Night

September 27th, 2010

A set model for Robert Lepage’s new production of Das Rheingold
Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera
© 2010

Deutsche Bank's dual commitments to art and music dovetail wonderfully with opening night at the Met Opera and the Gallery Met's exhibition of "Notations After the Ring," by internationally acclaimed artist Julie Mehretu.  Deutsche Bank is proud to be a lead sponsor of opening night, marking the tenth year the Bank has had the honor of supporting this spectacular event.  This year's gala featured the premiere of Wagner's Das Rheingold, the first opera in the composer's monumental Der Ring des Nibelungen.  This highly anticipated production by visionary director Robert Lepage combines the newest technology with extraordinary theatricality and vision to create a complex set that allows for the most challenging staging the Met has ever produced.  In his opening remarks. Seth Waugh, CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas, congratulated the Met on its inspired and innovative use of such sophisticated engineering.  Mr. Waugh and Kevin Parker, Global Head of Asset Management, hosted nearly ninety clients at the event.  The Met's Music Director, Maestro James Levine, conducted the performance, starring an extraordinary cast of world renowned Wagnerian singers, led by Bryn Terfel in the pivotal role of Wotan.  As part of the Metropolitan Opera's ongoing efforts to make its performances more accessible to the public, Das Rheingold was broadcast live in high definition to Times Square and the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, and live-streamed on the Metropolitan Opera's website. In accordance with this initiative, Deutsche Bank distributed free tickets to two hundred employees, who braved inclement weather to watch the broadcast in the plaza.         

To coincide with this event, the Metropolitan Opera's Gallery Met is presenting "Notations After the Ring," an exhibit of work by Julie Mehretu, on view from September 6th to January 2011.  This exhibition features "Auguries," a 15-foot-long abstract etching, and nine black and white drawings, all inspired by Wagner's epic work.  These pieces utilize the same visual language as Mehretu's Grey Area, the suite commissioned for the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, on view in New York until October 6th, 2010.  The Met Gallery is located in the south-side lobby of the opera house, so all visitors have the opportunity to explore the visual art inspired by the music, and let their experience at the opera reinforce the connection between the two.       

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim

 May 14, 2010 - October 6, 2010

Julie Mehretu, Atlantic Wall, 2008–09. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 426.7 cm. Commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. © 2010 Julie Mehretu. Photo: Mathias Schormann


Commissioned in 2007 by Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the suite of semiabstract works is inspired by a multitude of sources, including historical photographs, urban planning grids, modern art, and graffiti, and explores the intersections of power, history, dystopia, and the built environment, along with their impact on the formation of personal and communal identities. Julie Mehretu: Grey Area is the second exhibition in the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, which is dedicated to exhibiting in New York works of art commissioned jointly by Deutsche Bank and the Guggenheim Foundation as well as other thematic exhibitions after their initial presentation at the Deutsche Guggenheim.

2010 Whitney Biennial

February 25th - May 30th, 2010

Deutsche Bank is proud to be a sponsor of the 2010 Whitney Biennial, the preeminent survey of contemporary American art. Opening on February 25th at the Whitney Museum of American Art, curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari have selected fifty-five artists representing a combination of well-established talent and newer and emerging artists working in a variety of mediums from the traditional to the modern. This is the 75th in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded, and the third consecutive Biennial sponsored by the Bank. Also on display at the Whitney is Collecting Biennials, an exhibition documenting the controversial history of this art event by showcasing various highlights, including pieces by Eva Hesse, Edward Hopper, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Whitney Biennial 2010 - sponsored by Deutsche Bank
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